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Lemaitre wins 100 at Europeans

 Bulgaria's Ivet Lalova crosses the finish line to win the Women's 100 meter final at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland, Thurs...

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Bulgaria's Ivet Lalova crosses the finish line to win the Women's 100 meter final at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland, Thurs...

Christophe Lemaitre of France successfully defended his 100 meters title at the European Championships in a chaotic race on Thursday. Only five of the eight finalists crossed the line.
Lemaitre beat compatriot Jimmy Vicaut into silver. Norway's Jaysuma Saidy Ndure took bronze.
After two false starts in which only Simone Collio of Italy was eliminated, Ronalds Arajs of Latvia fell with an apparent injury near the end and Rytis Sakalauskas of Lithuania failed to get properly out of the blocks.
In 15-degree (59 F) weather, on a damp track and into a headwind, Lemaitre timed 10.09 seconds, .03 ahead of Vicaut.
Two years ago, Lemaitre won a sprint triple at the championships, but decided against running the 200 here so as not to exert himself ahead of next month's Olympics.
Lemaitre will go for a second gold during the weekend sprint relays.
Ivet Lalova of Bulgaria won the women's 100, the first gold in her quest for a sprint double.
Lalova ran down Olesya Povh of Ukraine and Lina Grincikaite of Lithuania at the line. Because of the cold and dampness at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium, Lalova's time was a disappointing 11.28 seconds, well off the European record of 10.73.
`'The race was tough. The weather is not good for sprinting," Lalova said.
She's also favored for the 200, which has the first heats on Friday.
In the women 5,000, Russia got its first gold when Olga Golovkina swept from third to first in the finishing straight to beat Ukraine's Lyudmyla Kovalenko and Portugal's Sara Moreira.


Updated : 2021-03-08 09:41 GMT+08:00